• Libraries as I Centres

    Two years ago Michael Hough published an article entitled Libraries as I Centres-Helping Students Face the Future”.  In the article he outlined 3 points in particular concerning the […]

  • I agree with you it’s a delicate balance between the content and mastering a computer program. It raises the question of, is it the medium that is being learned, or is it the message that lies within the medium? I think we are all working to continually figure that out at this stage. What you [...]

  • I enjoyed reading your post, and the point about feeling freshmen caused by new curriculum and tools despite years of teaching is familiar. The extra time it takes to prepare these new lessons is also recognizable. A challenge I find with a lot of the laptop activities is trying to gauge how to set the [...]

  • A big challenge I’m finding and am continually working to get the knack of is how much time to allot to many of the in class exercises. This is particularly a challenge when it coincides with the many needs to differentiate with lots of the classes wherein I assist. How to pace the block period [...]

  • As a result of all the tremendous new social networking tools available, connectivism asserts that learning will be (and is already in many cases) a process of students conglomerating a diverse network of many social ties and information resources made possible via technology. After students are given the proper skills they will read, watch, blog, [...]

  • Hi Geoff: Appreciate your post. When you wrote……” it isn’t only fluency in the use of technology that is important. It is fluency in thinking creatively, in presenting ideas….. becoming the kind of person that can learn and adapt in a world that is changing constantly…..” you articulated well a point extremely important. If we [...]

  • Copyright All rights reserved by Sam Curtin I’ve heard some teachers flippantly comment that with so much retrievable information at our fingertips, heading into the 21 st century the school library is an outmoded, seemingly irrelevant holdover. For sure, even within the past 5 years I’ve seen remarkable changes in how our library space is used.…[Read more]

  • Hi Ben: I enjoyed reading your post, and I believe you nailed it when you wrote “…. we have have to shift away from trying to pin down exactly what applications students need to know but rather the skills they need to acquire…..” Yes! Not specific technical knowledge but rather put learners in touch with [...]

  • Students having no idea of how Google works? Oh, yes. As the school librarian seeing what goes on in the labs this is my experience certainly. Numerous skills involving blogs, gaming, and social media many digital natives are extremely adept yet casting a discerning eye towards the many links that are returned with rudimentary search [...]

  • Tail Wagging the Dog? Towards the end of 2011 am thinking it’s a given… to serve 21 st century learners well it’s imperative to integrate into the classroom setting all the tools and gifts technology has to offer.  Yet, an apt analogy of effective use of technology in the classroom may be comparable to handing teachers a [...]

  • The performance task for the first week of course 4 asks us to explore the question, “Who’s job is it to teach the NETs standards to students, and how do we ensure they are being met in an integrated model?” As a school librarian whose job effectiveness depends upon how adept one may be in [...]

  • The purpose of the NPPA Lesson Plan on photos from the NPPA was to enable students to deconstruct the different techniques and devices photographers and media specialist may use to tell a story. If they learned how to interpret non verbal photos, they may then have the faculties to interpret other non print media.   A main dimension [...]

  • A Story of Global Warming After viewing the wiki 50+ Web 2.0 Waysto Tella Story, to create my story I used the tool One True Media created a login, and then proceeded to create a story relevant to our context here in Thailand particularly this weekend, flooding. Ok— the steps in creating my story. As we learned in other [...]

  • At least until recently, I’ve always considered myself a textual learner. I had over the course of time learned to read, or more or less scan books and journal articles throughout my personal academic career. Culminating in a Master’s degree earned in 2006 virtually all of the grading I received was based on the ability [...]

  • As the school K-12 librarian, I collaborate with many  teachers at all grade levels on a variety of projects & units. For most of my career a huge aspect of research has always been the skill to sift through a plethora of information in order to find materials that would be most authoritative and beneficial [...]

  • Along with a middle school social studies teacher have been collaborating on a 7 th grade lesson concerning a cultural traits interview (see handout). Following some guidelines in the lesson plan, students are to interview an older relative, asking detailed questions about unique characteristics and gifts of their particular cultural heritage. …[Read more]

  • At one stage of my life I had the CD. Yet with many moves it’s no longer with me, so this evening while wrapping up my coursework and blog posts have been listening via youtube to Miserere by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri. It’s a beautiful piece of music, aiding me in relaxing tonight.  Also remarkable, the story [...]

  • Why do we hyperlink items on the web? It first depends on what it is we are posting on the web, I am thinking. If I am posting a piece of writing, composing my thought s on a particular subject there would be 2 reasons to hyperlink——to show I have knowledge on the subject, and [...]

  • For the final project of this course wound up collaborating with a classmate, and our collaboration flowed very well. I believe. I’ve had quite a bit of experience collaborating these past several years. As the sole librarian in our school, such working in sync with teachers is crucial. School librarians at times may be in a marginalized [...]

  • After choosing Option #2 for the final project for Course 2, I  collaborated with  a classmate on this lesson sketch  Importance of Safeguarding Information .  (the sketch is also embedded  below). We chose to address the issue of safeguarding private information. At our school, we would utilize this lesson somewhere within out middle school life…[Read more]